Wednesday, December 02, 2020

From the Dick Buchanan Files: Gag Cartoon Clichés 1944 - 1970 Part 1

A while ago I posted some classic gag cartoon clichés.

Well, Dick Buchanan saw that and got to thinking and he started pulling some golden age gag cartoon samples from his tremendous stock of magazines. What follows now and in the coming days is a trove of clichéd cartoons that the internet has never seen before. I am thankful and amazed at these samples Dick has put together for your pleasure. Most of these single panel cartoons have been unseen since their publication!

Thanks -- and take it away, Dick!


1944 - 1970

Gag cartoon clichés were a staple of every magazine. In the era of the great magazines several appeared in each and every issue. Some were figments of imaginations of the cartooning mind while others were firmly rooted in the everyday lives of the readers.

Many lists have been made to innumerate the cartoon cliché. Each list differs and no list is complete. Gag cartoon clichés are virtually infinite and ever changing. Some have disappeared, falling victim to the evolving enlightenment of civilization while others have vanished with the advancement of technology.

Never one to pass up a time wasting endeavor, I have dipped in my Cartoon Clip File and emerged with a sampling of cartoon clichés from the mid-century.


1. IRWIN CAPLAN. Liberty September 9,1944.

2. TON SMITS. Look Magazine November 7,1961.

3. VIRGIL PARTCH. Look Magazine December 9, 1959.


1. FRANK MODELL. Collier’s November 23, 1956.


2. GARDNER REA. True Magazine March,1948.


3. JAN VAN WESSUM. Evergreen Review August 1970.



1. MISCHA RICHTER. For Laughing Out Loud July-September,1963.

2. ROY WILLIAMS. Collier’s September 18,1948

3. MIKE WILLIAMS. Punch August 28,1968.


1. JOHN GALLAGHER. American Legion Magazine. January,1960.

2. ROBERT KRAUS. American Magazine August,1951

3. ORLANDO BUSINO. For Laughing Out Loud October-December, 1957.


1. SYD HOFF. Collier’s January 21,1955.

2. DICK ERICSON. Liberty May 25,1946.

3. DON TOBIN. The Saturday Evening Post September 27,1952.


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